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" For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older... "
The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics, and Morals, of the Late Dr ... - Page 412
by Benjamin Franklin - 1806
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Founding the American Presidency

Richard J. Ellis - History - 1999 - 313 pages
...many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right,...and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. ... I cannot help expressing a wish that every member of the Convention who may still have objections...
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The World's Great Speeches

Lewis Copeland, Lawrence W. Lamm, Stephen J. McKenna - History - 1999 - 920 pages
...consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to he otherwise. It is therefore that, the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment of others. Most men, indeed, as well as most sects in religion, think themselves in possession of all...
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Recovering Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

James Campbell - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 302 pages
...instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change my opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise" (W9:607). In addition, it is also important to remember that at least part of his important political...
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Making History Matter

Robert Dawidoff - History - 2000 - 245 pages
...presents his thinking: "I have experienced many instances of being obliged to change my opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right,...otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more I am apt to doubt my own judgement of others."14 Jefferson would not have failed to take Franklin's...
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Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature

Paul Downes - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 239 pages
...apparent unanimity. (Writings, 114o)*'1 The speech is eminently reasonable and explicitly self-deprecating ("the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own judgement and to pay more respect to the judgement of others"-17). What stands out, from a stylistic...
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Democracy Defended

Gerry Mackie - Business & Economics - 2003 - 483 pages
...many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right,...and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. In such an atmosphere one should not expect individual or collective preferences to be consistent between,...
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Walter Isaacson - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 586 pages
...instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right,...grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment and pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most men, indeed as well as most sects in religion, think...
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A Revolution in Favor of Government:: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and ...

Edling, Max. M Edling, Research Fellow and University Lecturer Max M Edling - Political Science - 2003 - 333 pages
...Instances of being oblig'd. by better Information or fuller Consideration. to change Opinions even on important Subjects. which I once thought right....the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own Judgement and to pay more Respect to the Judgement of others. Franklin's speech was reprinted. in whole...
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Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1

John R. Vile - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 981 pages
...by quoting the words of Benjamin Franklin, in an address to the Constitutional Convention of 1787: '"[T]he older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my...and to pay more respect to the judgment of others'" (659). 328 HAND, LEARNED Ken Qormley REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING: Cox, Archibald. 1947. "Judge Learned...
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The New Republic, 1783-1830

Rebecca Stefoff - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2005 - 116 pages
...instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right,...I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment of others. Most men, indeed, as well as most sects in religion, think themselves in possession of all...
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